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The Name

So what does "Seven Rings" mean anyway?


Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,

Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,

In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,

In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.

                                     - J. R. R. Tolkien

No, no, no. 


Actually it comes from a relatively little known method of identifying the ethnic backdround of a person drinking a pint of Guinness at a bar. Every time you sip a Guinness it leaves a ring of foam around the glass. By counting the number of rings around the glass when someone has finished their pint, you can tell what nationality they are:


5 to 7 Rings: The person is Irish

8 to 10 Rings: The person is English

15 to 20 Rings: The person is American. 


So there you have it - Seven Rings.

("Five Rings" just doesn't have the right "ring" to it!)

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